Before if your Mac crashed and you needed to restore the Hard Drive, you would pop-in your OS X Recovery Disk. But know with Lion, it’s an online download. So there was almost know easy way to make a backup disk. Then Apple offered to make a Lion Flash Drive, but that was $69. It was a way to expensive for some users. But as a solution, a couple weeks ago Apple released Lion Recovery Disk Assistant. Using the software you could create your own backup flash drive in a matter of minutes.

All you have to do is download the Assistant from here. Open the download and run the Assistant. Then plug-in a flash drive. It only has to be around 2GB, but be warned the Drive will be completely formatted so move any important data off from the drive. Or it WILL be deleted. After you plug it in, it will show up in the Assistant. Just select it and you’ll be good to go. After the process is done just pull the drive out of the computer, there is no need to eject the drive, because it won’t show up as an external drive.

But the real question is how do you use that drive. All you have to do is plug int the flash drive and restart your Mac while clicking the option button. Then After the usual start-up sound you will have the choice to start-up from your MacintoshHD or the Recovery Drive. Click the Recovery Drive and it will help you set up the computer from there.

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